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I Hope You Can Explain Yourselves

Well… I’m pretty pissed off. I’m looking at you, everyone who said they’d come to the Saturday 20th Internet Filter Protests. The several hundreds who proclaimed they’d be there as part of the anonymous legion. “We are legion” turned into “we number less than twenty”.

The story is the same from each protest; small numbers of young adults handing out flyers. A few people expected this but I honestly expected better. I’m really fucking disappointed in the lot of you. The Perth protest numbered no more than fifteen people, with only about three or four of them being serious protestors.

I mean, I do understand that some people have a prejudice and possibly misunderstanding as far as Anonymous is concerned, and I certainly don’t endorse all of the actions of 4chan, Anonymous and /b/. But I was hoping that enough of you would do as I did and put that to the side and actually get off your asses and do what you can for this country.

But that protest will be seen as a trial run in the light of the March Sixth protests organised by Stop the Filter. The few serious people from the Perth protest have had discussions and are rethinking a lot of our strategies. March Sixth is the decisive protest day.

A lot of people are questioning the point of protesting, I know, but that’s just self-justified laxity, and it does not amuse me in the least. Campaigns like this are how we tell the Government that we know what they’re doing, and that the people they are supposed to serve, are not fucking pleased with their actions.

But the amount of complacency and apathy of the Australian populace has really gotten to me. This “she’ll be right” mentality is truly showing how deeply ingrown it is into our society. People find excuses; “she’ll be right”, or “I’ll just use a proxy”. For starters, fuck you, it won’t be alright unless the Anti-Filter Campaigns work. In which case you apathetic assholes will just say “see, I said she’ll be right”.

Proxies won’t work either, and I’ll explain why. The Australian Internet substructure is pathetic; we’re an international laughing stock. Our speeds and averages are comparable to a third-world nation. The Net Filter is going to slow it down and apparently the speed reduction is up to and including 87% slower. 87% of terrible is a worse fate than dialup. Proxies also slow connection speeds. So you’re adding two stacks of severe speed reduction onto an already terrible internet connection? That seems almost pointless. Find a better alternative to proxies, because in the real world, they won’t do a goddamn thing.

But I guess I can wait… but mark my words, if the March Sixth protests go as badly as the February 20th ones did, I won’t be happy, and neither will the people who’ve spend weeks, if not months, campaigning, preparing and doing their part to prevent this gross insult; this mockery of justice. This Internet Filter is a violation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and is the first step onto the path of fascism and totalitarian regime as predicted by so much cyberpunk fiction.

So, in short, just do what you can. Spreading the word is all I ask. I have a comment box, please use it. I want to hear what you have to say. We all need to come together as one and fight the filter. Because none of us, and I mean none of us, can do as much as all of us.

  1. February 25, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Go for the throat Micheal 😀
    Those were heartfelt powerful words – love it!

    • February 28, 2010 at 6:41 am

      Aye. I’m ready to tear people apart for that fuckery though. If March 6th fails even half as bad as February 20th I’m going to probably end up giving up and laugh when it comes through; claiming “Fuck you, I said this would happen and now we all have to pay the price.”

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